HO CHIN MINH CITY — For many Vietnamese people, it is a ritual as circadian as the sunrise: On the way to work, they pull over their motorbikes to grab an iced coffee from a street vendor, complete with a plastic cup, plastic lid, plastic straw, and plastic case to hang from the bikes as they drive. The coffee, with four separate pieces of plastic for a single drink, exemplifies how this packaging has became such a common and wasteful scourge on Vietnam’s environment. But some citizens have become alarmed by the trend and begun fighting back against the pollution. More Vietnamese than ever are looking for alternatives to plastic, from metal bottles to cloth tote bags, just as many communities around the world are starting to believe they have relied for too long on cheap and versatile -- but ecologically disastrous -- plastic. Rwanda was remarkably efficient at banning plastic bags, while Durham, North Carolina has a volunteer program to distribute reusable takeout … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Fighting Back on Plastic Pollution
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Editor's note: On June 29, 2017, Vietnamese dissident blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, best known by her blogging name of "Mother Mushroom," was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was detained eight months earlier for posting about people dying in police custody, or "conducting propaganda," as the court found. Released from prison a month ago, Quynh, 39, has settled with her children in Houston, Texas. She told VOA's Vietnamese Service that it was difficult to accept the offer of release because it was made on the condition that she leave Vietnam. She said she accepted thinking about her responsibilities to her children and their future although she wanted to stay in Vietnam to continue her fight for human rights. "Now that I'm here in America, I can see it's far different from [how] it's portrayed by the Vietnamese government," said Quynh, who was in prison when she received an International Women of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump in March 2017. "I was warmly … [Read more...] about Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Tells Activists ‘You Are Not Alone’
April 8, 2019 6:10 PM Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Steve Branan and Marty Baucom, of CMPD's Independence Division, use time at Los Reyes 2, a Latino grocery store in east Charlotte, as an informal site to answer law enforcement questions. David T. Foster III i By Teo Armus [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story For Astrid Chirinos, the sign by the entrance to Charlotte’s government center offers much more than a warning about guns.In English, it reads “NOTICE,” alerting visitors that weapons are banned inside the building. But rather than offering the correct translation in Spanish — aviso — the sign displays the word for news: noticia.“Every time I see it, I feel patronized,” Chirinos said. “I feel upset that my city does not care. Even if I do not speak English well enough, it does not matter.”Chirinos, a native of Venezuela, raised … [Read more...] about Charlotte provides most of its services in English. The city wants to change that.
Notice anything unusual about the above photo taken at Crossroads in Bellevue this summer? Maybe most of you don’t, but for an estimated 3 million Vietnamese who fled communism throughout the latter 20th century — that red flag with the yellow star is a symbol of trauma. I explained why in a June 19 column, just before the Seattle City Council was set to vote on a resolution recognizing the “Heritage and Freedom” flag — defined by a yellow background and three horizontal red stripes — as the symbol of the city’s estimated 10,000 Vietnamese residents (out of more than 70,000 statewide). This is an extremely touchy subject since the U.S. formally recognizes the current Vietnamese flag, but the Seattle City Council won the hearts and minds of many Vietnamese-Americans by voting 8-1 to pass Res. 31591 . It was a moment 40 years in the making; one in which thousands of former refugees in the state’s largest city felt their … [Read more...] about How Vietnamese-Americans in Bellevue challenged an insensitive art display — and won
The ringleaders of a Vietnamese crime gang have been jailed after police seized 2.5 tonnes of cannabis worth about £6m in raids across south Wales.A total of 21 people have been sentenced in a case going back to 2017 after dozens of cannabis factories were uncovered across the region and beyond.One of the defendants initially claimed to be 14 years old, but police proved he was actually aged 26.The gang leaders were sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday.Bang Xuan Luong, 44, was sentenced to eight years in prison. His partner, 42-year-old Vu Thi Thu Thuy, was jailed for six years and Tuan Anh Pham, 20, who was described in court as the "IT Man", received five years. An investigation into a cannabis factory in the Cynon Valley led officers from South Wales Police's Force Intelligence and Organised Crime Unit (FIOCU) to a string of others across south Wales, Gwent and Dyfed-Powys force areas. The gang, all from Vietnam, were arrested as part of Operation Violet Panama, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese gang leaders jailed over £6m cannabis haul